Ugh! Now what should i do? (to short for my Circle Y saddle!?)

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  1. lovin*ma*horse

    lovin*ma*horse Senior Member

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    I was looking for a nice saddle for a loong time and after a while of looking i found one. I bought an older gorgeous circle Y Equatition saddle for like almost $900 with shipping + the headstall and breastcollar and so on and i dont even think i can ride in it because i put the stirrups to the shortest they go and they are still to long! and theres only room for one more hole and thats not going to be enough and even if it was it would look stupid because the stirrup would be far up the fender with only enough room for my foot to go in.. if that makes sense? I didnt even think abouut that... it fits me and my horse well other than me being short for the fenders/stirrups.Even with no stirrups the fenders may not even be long enough! LOL I am 5 foot 1.

    Do i have to sell it and look for another saddle now? If so, how do i find one that will fit me in the leg? i have ridden in other western saddles before now and i can make them short to fit me but not my new one.

    If i have to sell i will be looking for a good quality saddle to last me for trail/pleasure riding and one i can go to local shows in. Prefer not to spend more than $1000 because the English saddle i want is around $1500 used.

    Sorry for the rant. I am just dissapointed.. i realy like this saddle, and i have had a hard time looking for other things because im short (boots, riding pants etc...)

    Here is a picture of my saddle.

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  2. SouthernTrailsG

    SouthernTrailsG Senior Member+

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    Unfortunately the majority of Western Saddles with a 15" or 16" Seat will come standard with a stirrup adjustment for people 5'-3" to 6'-2" so changing Brands will not help.

    One choice would be to take the fenders and leathers off and see if you local Cobbler can take them apart and shorten the Fenders 3 or 4" and the leathers 6 or 8" and then reattach them for you to re-install on your Saddle or if a local Cobbler cannot do this you can find a Saddle Repair place that will do it.

    The other choice is to have a semi-custom Saddle made and specify the Stirrup Length you need when you order.


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  3. shymare

    shymare Senior Member

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    I knew someone who had the same problem. They took the saddle to a saddle shop and the guy was able to shorten the fenders. I think it was $80 or $90.
     
  4. Decembereclipse

    Decembereclipse Senior Member

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    i had that problem with my barrel saddle and i took it to a shop, they were able to shorten the fenders in 30 minutes and it was very cheap i know it was under $30
     
  5. PaintedPNH

    PaintedPNH Senior Member+

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    Try pulling the fenders further up into the saddle- pull the piece with the holes on it and that will lengthen giving more room for holes and better placement for your stirrups to hang. I'm 4'11 and ride in a 16" show saddle... it can be done!
     
  6. JinxedDream

    JinxedDream Senior Member+

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    I'm sure there's a saddler who can solve your issue for you. I come from the other end of the spectrum. At 5'10", most youth saddles are too short for my long legs. Even my new 15" adult saddle is on the second last hole. If they can extend stirrups for me, they can shorten them for you. Cost me $60.
     
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    What size seat is your saddle? I find that the bigger the seat size the longer the fenders are. Are you sure your stirrups are too long? Maybe you are used to riding english? I'm as short as you and I have ridden in my 16 saddle on the highest hole and found it to be okay considering I am swimming in that saddle.

    If you still consider your stirrups being too long than I would also suggest buying new fenders or having a saddle person cut them down. I would do that if the saddle fit my horse good but if the saddle doesn't fit all that great I would sell and buy a new saddle.
     
  9. lovin*ma*horse

    lovin*ma*horse Senior Member

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    Yes i am sure they are to long. I can only just rest my toes in the stirrups. LOL! I realy do not want to cut the fenders or anything because im not 100% sure if i will be keeping this saddle forever. The only thing i do not like about the saddle is how heavy it is! but other than that its amazing and does fit me and my horse good. Its so hard to find fenders/anything to match the colour of the saddle but could try.

    I have ridden in western saddles before (unknown brands) and they have fit good once stirrups have been adjusted.

    Hmm... should just sell it and buy my english saddle (im going to get one soon enough - a Bates Caprilli I think). I could get a lighter saddle later on once i get more into it.. for now i could ride western on trails and train in my wintec western (that i was going to sell to get another synthetic). What do you think? I paid almost $900 for the saddle, breastcollar and headstall. Its a 15 1/2" seat, semi qh bars, in amazing condition and its so comfortable other than the stirrups being to long for my short legs!
     
  10. lovin*ma*horse

    lovin*ma*horse Senior Member

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    I have a picture of another saddle i have to show everyone something. When i shorten the stirrups on any western saddle this part of the fender gets so short that it makes the fender harder to move with my leg/turn. + it looks weird because by the time ist shortened enough that part of the fender is so turned under/shortened that it looks stupid and feels weird. You know what I mean?

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    So is the only way to get a good fit - is to get the top of the fender shortened or get a new fender? - Even if i got my saddle (the Circle Y) Shortened it will look weird because of the patterns on it + wont it really affect the re-sale value? But i guess i wouldn’t even sell it anyways if it fit right?

     






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